Apparently, Chubby Chandler, Rory McIlroy’s manager, needs to work on communicating better with his client. About two weeks ago, the UK’s Daily Mail reported Rory would announce his intention to join the PGA Tour next season, which was confirmed by comments from Chandler. Then, last week, SportsBusiness Journal received an email from Chandler to tell them otherwise. Befuddling…on several levels. First, why did Chandler pass the info to the SBJ rather than a UK publication? Strange. Second, why the sudden change?
All of this was news to Rory. A scribe (no byline) from the Belfast Telegraph actually spoke to him personally to confirm the latest report. After a practice round for the Volvo World Match Play, Rory spilled to what is probably his hometown paper:
That’s not correct. I’m still thinking about it. I love playing in America. I play well over there and I am still thinking about taking out my PGA Tour card next year...[I] love playing over here but I love playing the States as well, because it really suits my game. Why am I waiting? Just to think about it. Just to mull it over. It is a big decision and it is going to mean more time away from home, which is a big factor.
He sure does play well here — he placed in the top-ten at two majors, a T10 at the US Open and 3rd at the PGA Championship. (+1 point for the PGA Tour!)
Remember, he’s 20, he wants to stay close to his family, and more important his girlfriend. (-2 points for the PGA Tour!)
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